I am a Canadian health policy and health services research consultant, recently relocated to Melbourne. I'm also Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at Simon Fraser University, and Clinical Professor in the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. I focus on the politics of health and health care; the beliefs, values, and cognitive biases that affect decisions about health policy, health care, and health behaviours; and strategies to improve health care quality, access and efficiency. Prior to resuming a full-time consulting practice I headed a health research granting agency and spent 7 years as founding CEO of the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission in Saskatchewan. Consulting clients have included the Canadian and provincial governments, regional health authorities, provincial and national health care commissions, health care regulatory agencies, and health professional associations. I served on the National Forum on Health, the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, and the Health Council of Canada. I am on the editorial board of several health journals. I have written and spoken frequently on topics such as the politics of health care, quality improvement, professional regulation, and equity in health and health care. I continue to do consulting work in Canada and write regular columns for the Melbourne Age.
Canadian Health Care Association Distinguished Service Award